Electrifying the Art World: Bonhams' Matthew Haley to speak at the 'Woodstock of the Mind'

Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs
19 Jun 2013
London, Knightsbridge

On Friday May 31st, Matthew Haley will be among speakers at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in Wales. He will discuss two aspects of how technology has changed the world of rare books. Within the last fifteen years, book-search web sites like Abebooks and online auctions catalogues have proved a game-changer for this previously localised and often sleepy market. More recently, the printed word appears to have been marginalised by the pixel: digitised library books, ebooks, Kindles and other e-readers seem to dominate the book world. Delving further, it has become apparent that Generation iPad is increasingly keen on antique technology. Vinyl, Polaroid, the steampunk movement and letterpress stationery suggest that the sensuality of pre-digital media still holds an allure, and that the more we read on-screen the more we cherish the feel of a book in our hands.

The Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, as well as the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking. For 25 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Its principle belief is in the exchange of views and meeting of minds that the festivals create inspire revelations personal, political and educational. Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'The Woodstock of the mind'.

The talk will take place at 4pm on the Landmarc 100 stage, and will be followed by a Q + A session. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit the Hay Festival Website.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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